The McGowan Government has announced an Action Plan that sets a five per cent employment target of people with disability in the public sector, to be reached by 2025. Currently this rate is 1.5 per cent.
The Action Plan for People with Disability, announced today by Deputy Premier Roger Cook coincides with International Day of People with Disability. The Action Plan will give more West Australians with disability the opportunity to have a meaningful career in the public sector.This initiative is a step towards creating more job opportunities for people with disability in Western Australia in the public sector. It creates an opportunity for the public sector to be confident employers, for government agencies to be an employer of choice for people with disability and assist to meet and reduce the State’s workforce shortages. NDS in WA has advocated for several years through our Pre Budget Submissions for the State Government to develop and fund a public sector employment strategy for people with disability to ensure they are retained in positions over the longer term at all levels of the public sector from traineeships to senior positions and leadership roles.The McGowan Government and the Public Sector Commission are commended for taking this step towards changing attitudes and inbuilt biases to ultimately deliver more employment opportunities.They are leading the way on this important issue, which will hopefully mobilise employers in the public, private and not-for -profit sectors to recruit people with disability and recognising barriers that people with disability face when it comes to finding and keeping a job. NDS wants all employers to recognise that there is an immense untapped talent pool out there and people with disability can do work at all levels, from traineeships to senior and leadership roles. NDS also calls for the tracking of the mandated fiver percent target to be reported annually to Parliament by agency and for the total public sector as well as linking this progress to the KPIs of Director Generals.NDS in WA is currently undertaking a project in partnership with the WA Public Sector Commission to build its capacity to increase meaningful workplace participation for people with disability. The Building Talent Pool project will support government agencies to develop their disability employment confidence and improve employment outcomes for people with disability.This project will attract a wide talent pool of people with disability to agencies and give them the opportunity to adjust their practices to ensure they are welcoming, inclusive and accessible.